|Birth: ||2004, Czech Republic|
|Death: ||Mar. 19, 2012|
New Jersey, USA
Thank you GeorgiaCA and RosieMooch for your contributions regarding this amazing animal's memorial.
From ABC New York and the Associate Press:
Ailing Hero K-9 Gets NJ Police Salute Before Death
Officers and their K-9s from a dozen southern New Jersey departments gave the cancer-stricken Rosko a full salute Monday as he arrived at a veterinary hospital in Linwood to be euthanized
Photo: K-9 officers stand at attention with their dogs as the Atlantic City Police Department car carrying Rosko arrives at the Red Bank Veterinary Clinic in Linwood, N.J., Monday March 19. ACPD K-9 dog Rosko was put to sleep Monday afternoon at the clinic. The sad event drew police dogs and trainers from all over New Jersey. Rosko was suffering from cancer.
Ailing Rosko the K-9 got a farewell befitting a police dog who once captured a man who shot two policemen.
Officers and their K-9s from a dozen southern New Jersey departments gave the cancer-stricken Rosko a full salute Monday as he arrived at a veterinary hospital in Linwood to be euthanized.
Before being taken to the hospital, The Press of Atlantic City reports the 8-year-old did one last round of exercises at Atlantic County K9 academy with his partner, Atlantic City Officer Joe Rodriquez.
In 2006 Rosko captured a man who fled into the woods after shooting two Egg Harbor Township officers.
A week ago the K-9's illness began affecting his eating habits and mobility so a decision was made to put him down.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOUND ON ATLANTIC CITY WEBSITE:
LINWOOD —Police officers and their K-9 partners said goodbye to Rosko on Monday as the 81/2-year-old Atlantic City K-9, suffering from cancer, was euthanized at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital.
Rosko, who had joined Atlantic City's K-9 unit in 2005, had a large cancerous mass in his body that had begun affecting his eating habits and mobility last week.
"K-9 Rosko was not only a good street dog, but brought many smiles to the children and schools that he did demonstrations for," Atlantic City police Officer Joe Rodriguez said of his K-9 partner in a letter. "He was a loyal partner, a true professional, but, more importantly, a better friend to all."
Before Rosko was taken to the hospital at about 3 p.m. Monday, he did one final round of exercises at the Atlantic County John "Sonny" Burke K9 Academy with Rodriguez.
When Rodriguez took Rosko to be euthanized, both were greeted with a full salute from officers and their K-9 partners from around South Jersey.
Officers represented departments from Atlantic City, Egg Harbor Township, Evesham Township, Hazlet Township, Linwood, Logan Township, Millville, Northfield, Ocean City, Somers Point, Stafford Township and West Deptford.
Atlantic City Officer Frank Timek, who is president of the state's U.S. Police Canine Association, said he was not surprised by the turnout.
"Joey's doing something everyone has to go through," Timek said of Rodriguez. "It's really hard, people don't understand it."
Rosko was Rogriguez's third K-9 partner in his nearly two-decade career.
Timek said K-9 handlers not only train with their dogs, but also take care of them at home. The hours they spend together make them a team, logging almost endless hours together.
"Essentially you're spending more time with the dog than your family," he said.
Rosko was imported from the Czech Republic and attended the K-9 academy in 2005.
"I knew from first glance that he would be my partner and if I could gain his loyalty, we could accomplish great things," Rodriguez said.
Some of those great things included capturing Christopher Blank in 2006 after Blank shot two Egg Harbor Township officers when he fled from a motor vehicle stop.
Thank you GeorgiaCA for sponsoring Rosko in honor of my Cassie. Rosko deserved the best and he got the best sponsor.
Specifically: Trying to Verify That Rosko is buried in the Atlantic City Memorial
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Record added: Mar 21, 2012
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